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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Forest Lake

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As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to follow my nutrition plan? What about a regular exercise schedule?”

At Farrell’s, we equip you with the skill set to keep on track. Staying focused on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your long-term goals.

You can start creating healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Forest Lake. Here are a couple of other tips to help you make it through the upcoming season while still working toward your goals.

4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season

1. Set Your Alarm Clock

Tackle your workout immediately when you get up if your schedule permits it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to tick your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up another day.

2. Plan Your Meals

It’s easier to plan your meals a few days in advance, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning nearly effortless. Contact us to receive your copy.

If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, modify your meals the other days to keep your nutrition proportioned.

Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works

Sample Weekday Meal Plan

Here’s an example of a daily meal plan you can customize:

  • Breakfast: healthy protein shake
  • Lunch: nutrient-filled salad with fresh veggies and protein
  • Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato

Here’s an easy brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines.

Chicken recipe with brining spice

You only need two ingredients:

  1. One whole chicken
  2. All Spice Brining Mix (half packet)

Directions:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve.
  2. While you are waiting for the brine, rinse the chicken under cold water. Place the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully underwater. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to consistently distribute.
  3. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking it.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Rest the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up and brush olive oil or butter over the chicken. (Optional: Stuff with celery and onion.)
  7. Bake uncovered for 75 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Toward the end of baking, broil your chicken if you like it browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.

You can also follow this recipe to make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the whole packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Grab your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is refreshing and helps you remain healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help falling asleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not a loud phone alarm.

4. Enjoy the Season

Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.

  • Schedule a meal with friends
  • Decrease your weekday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
  • Rest when you need it

Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB

Now is the time to start building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Forest Lake, we’ll instruct you on nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.

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